Azerbaijan face to face with double standards: COVAX does not fulfill its promise

Azerbaijan face to face with double standards: COVAX does not fulfill its promise

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Mar. 26

Alper Ziya - Trend:

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly stressed the importance of the joint fight of the countries of the world against the coronavirus pandemic and close cooperation in this area. In this sense, it was stated that equitable distribution of vaccines among countries of the world is an important component of effective cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that the COVAX platform is a mechanism designed to accelerate the search for effective vaccines for all countries and ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world, Azerbaijan was one of the first 50 countries to join the COVAX platform last year.

However, the promise made by the COVAX initiative to provide countries with the appropriate vaccine is yet to be fulfilled. The World Health Organization names Azerbaijan to be one of the exemplary countries in the fight against coronavirus. Today, when Azerbaijan has all the necessary infrastructure to hold vaccination, and such an attitude towards the country is wrong and contradicts the goals and objectives of the institution.

It should be emphasized that since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Azerbaijan has been taking systemic measures against the virus both domestically and internationally, and has also come up with new initiatives to unite international efforts in the fight against this pandemic and create new formats of cooperation.

It was on the initiative of the President of Azerbaijan that a special session of the UN General Assembly on combating the pandemic at the level of heads of state and governments was successfully held last December, which made a significant contribution to the coordinated activities of the international community. Under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan, in order to combat the virus at the global level, to strengthen cooperation, continues to come out with various new initiatives and actively participate in their implementation. Also, Azerbaijan has provided humanitarian assistance to more than 30 countries in the fight against coronavirus and donated $10 million to the World Health Organization.

In addition, Azerbaijan was one of the first countries to join and support the international COVAX initiative, which was created for the equitable distribution and availability of vaccines. Azerbaijan, as in all other issues, contributes to the fight against coronavirus at the international level, but, unfortunately, despite such activities, our country still faces double standards. COVAX, which is responsible for the fair distribution of vaccines, and which is yet to ship off doses of vaccines to Azerbaijan at the agreed time and quantity, has recently informed Azerbaijan that fewer doses of vaccines will be delivered than originally promised, and the delivery was rescheduled till later notice. However, COVAX has already delivered the first batch of vaccines to a neighboring friendly country - Georgia.

It should be borne in mind that these double standards deprive people of the opportunity to receive timely vaccinations, endanger their lives and even in some cases take their lives.

Azerbaijan's position is that vaccines should not be available only to wealthy countries. The interests of poor countries must also be taken into account and vaccines must be delivered to them as well. On March 23, 2021, within the framework of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, on the initiative of Azerbaijan as the chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement, a resolution was adopted entitled "Ensuring equal, affordable, timely and universal access to vaccines against COVID-19". The resolution calls on UN Member States and other relevant bodies (international organizations, private sector representatives, civil society members, etc.) to take appropriate measures to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are distributed fairly among all states. At the same time, the resolution, which expresses support for international initiatives created to support equitable distribution of vaccines, including the COVAX initiative, calls on all states to remove unnecessary barriers on the export of vaccines to other countries.

Therefore, today's realities against Azerbaijan only dissapoint. The World Health Organization is also responsible in this regard. WHO must ensure that vaccines are available to every country and must not turn a blind eye to violations of the principle of equity in vaccine distribution.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Exports of Iran to Tajikistan soar
Exports of Iran to Tajikistan soar
Kazakhstan's trade dynamics with TOP-3 CIS partners unveiled
Kazakhstan's trade dynamics with TOP-3 CIS partners unveiled
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan may change customs duties on petroleum products
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan may change customs duties on petroleum products
Loading Bars
India perhaps only G20 country to fulfil...: India ahead of COP26 climate summit
U.N. plane aborts landing as air strike hits Ethiopia's Tigray
Relations with India stronger than ever, says Maldives Defence Minister
Chronicles of Victory: October 23, 2020
Iranian delegation leaves for Tashkent to observe elections
UK PM Johnson says fresh COVID lockdown not on the cards
2 soldiers, terrorist killed in northwestern Pakistan's clash
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shows 90.7% efficacy in trial in children
Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss joint efforts to maintain regional security
Georgia, Turkey to set up joint air force plant
TURKIC.World project presented at media forum of Turkic Council (PHOTO)
Iran boosts transit via TRACECA corridor
French court annuls "treaty" with illegal Armenian regime in Azerbaijan's Karabakh
Azerbaijan's MoD inspects combat positions in liberated Kalbajar, Lachin districts (PHOTO)
Uzbekistan Airways opens tender related to local fire alarm system
Iran looks to enhance road development in Ardabil province
Main countries of origin for tourists arriving in Georgia
Spanish Gedepsa interested in growing olive plantations in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan reveals number of mines, munitions found on its liberated lands (PHOTO)
Overview of Uzbekistan's retail trade turnover dynamics between 2010-2020
When Karabakh road infrastructure to be fully ready?
Armenians propagate Nazi Nzhdeh and accuse Azerbaijan of racism (VIDEO)
Relations With India Stronger Than Ever, Says Maldives Defence Minister
Bennett-Putin meeting lasted five hours, was warm and positive
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 2,112 more COVID-19 cases, 882 recoveries
Australia says EU has postponed free trade talks for second time
Azerbaijan’s volume of non-cash payments continues to grow
Delta Galil files for Nasdaq offering
Azerbaijan's investment attractiveness increased after liberation of its lands - minister (PHOTO)
Turkmenistan reduces wheat imports from EAEU states
Azerbaijan’s wheat imports from EAEU countries revealed
Belarusian company to supply Azerbaijan with cables
Azerbaijan sees growth in its population's bank deposits in September 2021
Azerbaijan commissions recently built military facilities in its liberated lands (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Non-tourist trips to Georgia plummet
Kazakh Tengizсhevroil to reduce LPG supplies to Ukraine after polypropylene plant's launch
Iran to use domestic capacity for road fleet modernization
Azercell once again bestowed with ISO 37001:2016 Anti-bribery Management Systems standard of compliance
Azerbaijan reveals data on mine clearance work carried out in liberated lands
Azerbaijan’s cargo transportation by all types of transport decreases in 9M2021
Ukrainian companies interested in entering Turkmen market
EBRD, EU to provide loans for indirect financing of green technologies in Georgia
SOCAR-AQS exceeds drilling progress plan
President Ilham Aliyev sends congratulatory letter to Hungarian counterpart
Azerbaijan to expand co-op with Turkey in mine clearance – ANAMA
Uzbekistan signs agreement to put out former uranium mining sites
Iran eyes developing non-oil exports
India hopes to work with China for resolution of issues: Shringla
Azerbaijan’s Bulla Deniz produces over 54,000 tons of oil with technical measures
UK foreign secretary begins India visit today, to hold talks with Jaishankar
Uzbekistan to expand network of local duty-free shops
Azerbaijani SME agency ready to fully support alternative energy dev't
SOCAR sums up results of operation at Oil Rocks
Turkmenistan overhauling railways on border of Akhal, Balkan regions
SOCAR reveals time of commissioning 2nd production complex at Gunahsli field
Uzbek, Russian enterprises considering joint textile enterprises
Azerbaijan to start exporting locally-produced mineral water to Europe (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan not planning to transfer all schools online - ministries
SOCAR details on works carried out at Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery in 2020
Progress on CAREC transport projects in Kazakhstan unveiled
Russia reports 37,141 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours
Natural gas, coal prices to remain at high levels through start of 2022
FAO's representative office may be opened in Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan's main gas supplier to engage repair services via tender
Oil demand to reach its pre-pandemic level in 2022
Regional carrier SkyWest cancels 700 U.S. flights over technical woes
Georgian energy reform to create competitive market
Turkmenistan, UN talk co-op in food security
Turkmenistan, EU to intensify co-op in number of areas
Turkic states need to jointly fight disinformation campaigns - Azerbaijani president's assistant
Kazakhstan boosts monetary base indicators
Azerbaijan exceeds commitment under OPEC+ deal
Kazakhstan's TOP-3 trade partners for 8M2021 announced
Pushed by ‘Covid growth drivers’, India on course to be $5 tn economy by 2024-25, says Puri
BCCI could earn up to $5 billion from IPL broadcasting rights
Chip crunch to cut Renault's 2021 output by 500,000 cars
2020 became particularly significant year for Azerbaijani people - president's assistant
Azerbaijani oil prices fall
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva attend inauguration of DOST Center for Inclusive Development and Creativity (PHOTO)
Kazakh energy company opens tender to buy bitumen
Uzbekistan Airports JSC cuts tariffs for foreign airlines
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva view conditions created at new rehearsal building of National Gymnastics Arena (PHOTO)
Equinor, SOCAR mull opportunities for exploration at ADUA
Uzbekistan’s Jizzakh Automobile Plant eyes increasing production capacity
Kazakhstan reports increase in product transport via pipelines
Kazakh energy company opens tender to buy electrical goods
In 44-day war in Karabakh, we witnessed two-faced behavior of int’l media – Erdogan
Azerbaijan's main goal after victory is restoration of Karabakh - president's assistant
Creation of green zones in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories - part of UN program to combat global climate change – Deputy Minister
Chambers of Commerce of Turkmenistan and Switzerland hold business forum
Gas prices to ease, but to remain elevated in Europe
Georgia shares data on COVID-19 cases for October 22
Turkmenistan to organize Business French language training for female entrepreneurs
JICA to issue report on Study for Electric Power System in Azerbaijan next year
Japanese companies to invest in Georgian energy sector
Kazakhstan introduces electronic customs escort of vehicles during goods transit
Azerbaijan, UN sign MoU to promote corporate sustainability
Azerbaijani Finance Ministry to put medium-term gov't bonds up for auction
Azerbaijan reveals state budget revenues for 9M2021
All news